Dave Taylor's XS750 Cafe Racer
By Anthony van Someren - 29 Jul 13
David Taylor and his family have built so many bikes on the Bike Shed we might need to give him his own category. This latest brat/cafe/tracker custom was built as another family collaboration by David and his youngest son, Tom, and all the work was done with their own hands, apart from the tank paintwork and the seat upholstery. The bike is a 1980 Yamaha XS750 Triple, a popular custom platform with a very pretty engine and frame. Their brief was to create a cafe/tracker hybrid that would be a proper head turner, ditching the nasty 80's elements to streamline the bike into something more timeless. Tick. The bike was stripped and everything checked and dismantled as per our plan. New drag bars were fitted with bar end mirrors, and mini Antique bullet blinkers. We retained the original instrument cluster, but lowered the mounting bracket to nestle the clocks closer to the small headlight we fitted. They fabricated a plate out of aluminium to cover the oil warning lights and turn signals. Holes were drilled to allow for illumination. As with many bikes the seat is often a difficult thing to get right. The original bucket has been extensively chopped and fabricated to give a trim clean line, and the seat now sits above the frame, upholstered in high quality NZ black and brown leather. The side covers were drilled to help give the old girl a lighter look and painted satin black, matching the finish on the wheels. The tank paint is high quality pearl in a beige/gold reminiscent of late 80s Mercedes SLs with graphics under the clearcoat. The airbox has been retained but the exhaust has been modified to allow the engine to run more freely, and the sound is deep and definite, and should help make sure other vehicles know to make some space. As DT says. "Mission accomplished, the bike sure is turning heads and has had a new lease on life. We are extremely happy with the look of this one-off bike and are very keen to have a crack at another build." Carry on the good work DT. We'll be watching.